The Human Search for God To be human is to search for God. Throughout history down to the present moment human beings have given expression to their search for God in religious beliefs and practices. God has given us minds to search for the truth and hearts that long for unconditional, forgiving love. These basic human desires are fulfilled in God who is truth and love. As Pope John Paul II wrote: In the creative restlessness of every person there beats and pulsates what is most deeply human – the search for truth, the insatiable need for the good, hunger for freedom, nostalgia for the beautiful, and the voice of conscience.It is our Christian faith that every single person is touched by God and that the experiences that draw us to a deeper sense of our self-value and the greatness of the human spirit are the work of God within us. The spiritual dimension within each one of us is a call to something beyond ourselves. It is a hunger of the heart, a longing for something more, a relationship which will complete us and fulfill our unspoken need. True religion is not the imposition of a set of rules, it is the discovery of a relationship which helps us make sense of life and leads us to the fullness of life. The faith journey that brings you to inquire about the RCIA is your journey toward God through His Son, Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is also our common journey to truth, happiness, and love in the context of the Christian community. Why? Because:- All of us desire to live a fully human life. As human beings we are religious beings. The desire for God is written on every human heart because we are created by God for communion with God The dignity of every human being rests on the fact that we not only seek God but we are invited to enter into a personal relationship with God Only in God do we find the truth and happiness that we never stop searching for. To find truth and happiness in God is to find the fulfillment of our human desire for truth, love and happiness Something to think about: In your life, where have you found a longing for “something more”? What are the ways you see, in which we human beings tend to look for happiness apart from God? How has your personal faith journey led you to enquire about the Catholic Church? From the Catechism of the Catholic Church. “The desire for God is written on the human heart, because we created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw us to himself. Only in God will we find the truth and happiness we never stop searching for.”(CCC, 27) “The Church teaches that God, the first principle and last end of all things, can be known with certainty from the created world by the natural light of human reason. Without this capacity, humanity would not be able to welcome God’s revelation. Human beings have this capacity because they are created “in the image of God.” (CCC 36) SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING: Catholic Catechism, Man’s Capacity for God, articles 27 – 49   ST CHRISTOPHER’S CATHEDRAL PARISH FORREST ACT